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Consciousness in Lonergan and Wojtyla

Koning, Robin (2011) Consciousness in Lonergan and Wojtyla. In: Fifty Years of Insight: Bernard Lonergan's Contribution to Philosophy and Theology. ATF Theology, Adelaide, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9781921817304

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Abstract

This article examines the understanding of consciousness found in the writings of Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II, particularly in his work, The Acting Person, and compares and contrasts it with Bernard Lonergan's account of consciousness. This is a significant issue because of the concerns raised by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Fides et ratio on the modern “turn to the subject”. The paper notes a range of similarities and some differences between Wojtyla's approach and that of Lonergan, while pointing out that the Wojtyla's treatment is not as thematic as Lonergan's. In particular he concludes that Wojtyla means by reflexive consciousness what Lonergan means by consciousness tout court, revealing some fundamental convergence in the views of the two thinkers on the nature of consciousness.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: John Paul II, Lonergan, epistemology, consciousness
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220210 History of Philosophy
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220304 Epistemology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl. Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220312 Philosophy of Cognition
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220314 Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Rev. Dr Robin Koning SJ
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2011 02:57
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2012 22:03
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/872

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